The Director of Music helps St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bellingham, Washington – a progressive, inclusive, Christian church – fulfill its mission by leading in the planning, implementation, and performance of enriching liturgical music. This ministry supports worship with the development and a cooperative spirit with parish clergy and staff, choirs, soloists, and instrumentalists. Through the management and implementation of resources and people, the music ministry empowers all in the congregation to come closer to God through music. This position is a 75% time, on-site position with excellent benefits including: paid holidays and vacation, medical/dental insurance, and pension. The hours for this position include Sundays, holidays, mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Yearly salary is anticipated to match the Association of Anglican Musician’s guidelines for the percentage time serving and candidate’s experience.
The Director of Music shares in the ministry of the congregation through the planning and implementation of liturgical music. This ministry encompasses the knowledge and practice of liturgically enriching composition and performance, the management and implementation of resources and people, and the empowerment of all in the congregation to come closer to God through music.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Plays the organ and/or piano for all services that include music, two Sunday services of differing musical/liturgical style, including services for Holy Week, Easter, Christmas, and other special offerings. Supports and accompanies a monthly Taizé service. Provides music for weddings and funerals affiliated with St. Paul’s for which additional compensation is
• Mindfully selects and coordinates all hymns, service music, and other music in cooperation with the Interim Rector or Rector and is informed by the liturgical/Scriptural cycle of the year and the style of the worship service for which it would be chosen. Music should continue the heritage of Anglican music, including chant, but also incorporate an expanded
repertoire which intentionally includes cultural and musical diversity.
• Rehearses and directs Chancel Choir at services supported by this group.
• Rehearses with instrumental musicians, vocalists, and others for worship supported by these musicians.
• Rehearses and conducts bell choir.
• Works with Children’s Choir director to rehearse Children’s Choir and accompany them in worship.
• Maintains musical instruments and music library.
• If in–person worship is interrupted, use other methods of supporting streamed worship including virtual choir, vocal and instrumental soloists, and other ways of supporting the worshipping life of the parish.
• Coordinates concerts and recitals at St. Paul’s including house management.
• Performs administrative duties related to seasonal planning, budgeting, publishing, preparation of musical components of the service leaflet, reporting use of in–person and streamed music to appropriate copyright holding/licensing organizations, auditioning and contracting with outside musicians, tuners, etc.
Attends staff meeting and works in conjunction with staff, volunteer and paid musicians, and parishioners.
• Other duties to support music in the congregation and diocese as negotiated.
• Adheres to and enforces all policies required due to the COVID–19 pandemic, including COVID–19 immunizations, masking and social distancing.
• Adheres to the immunization policies for the Diocese of Olympia.
• Holds current or obtains certification in Safeguarding God’s children.
• Holds current or obtains certification in Safeguarding God’s people.
Fill in online application at stpaulsbellingham.org/jobs .
Send cover letter and resume to email.
There will be zoom interview(s) for potential candidates moving forward.